Guinea-Bissau Country Facts
Alternate Names: Guinea-Bissau
Former Names: Portuguese Guinea
Capital City: Bissau
Flag: The flag has two equal horizontal bands of yellow (on the top) and green with a vertical red band on the hoist side. There is a black five-pointed star centered in the red band.
Date of Independence: September 10, 1974 from Portugal
National Anthem: "Esta é a Nossa Pátria Bem Amada" ("This is Our Well-Beloved Motherland")
Size/Area: 13,948 square miles. Almost three times the size of Connecticut.
Land Locked: No
Coastline: 217 miles
Bordering Countries: Guinea, Senegal
Administrative Divisions: Guinea-Bissau has 8 regions and 1 autonomous sector. The eight regions are: Bafatá, Biombo, Bolama, Cacheu, Gabu, Oio, Quinara, Tombali. The autonomous sector is Bissau.
Major Cities: Bissau, Bafatá, Gabú, 4 Bissorã, Bolama, Cacheu, Bubaque, Catió, Mansôa, Buba, Quebo, Canchungo, Farim, Quinhámel, Fulacunda
Languages: Portuguese, Kriol, native languages
Religions: Islam and traditional African religions
Major Holidays: New Year's Day (January 1), Heroes Day (January 20), Women's Day (March 8), Pidjigouti Day (August 3), Independence Day (September 24), Readjustment Movement Day (November 14), Feast of the Sacrifice (Dec 20), Christmas (December 25)
Currency: West African CFA franc
Currency Code: XOF
Highest Point: unnamed location in the northeast corner of the country - 984 feet
Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean 0 feet
Bordering Bodies of Water: Atlantic Ocean
Climate: Guinea-Bissau's climate is tropical. It is generally hot and humid with a monsoonal-type rainy season from June to November and a dry season from December to May.
Major Industries: Agricultural products processing, beer, soft drinks
Major Agricultural Products: Rice, corn, beans, cassava, cashew nuts, peanuts, palm kernels, cotton, timber, fish
Natural Resources: Fish, timber, phosphates, bauxite, clay, granite, limestone, unexploited deposits of petroleum
Time Zone: GMT (UTC +0)
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